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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Mav-elous sequel on tap?

By Sarah Spain

The Mavericks looked unbeatable Tuesday night. In the movies, sequels are almost never better than the original and the Thunder are hoping the same is true when it comes to the Western Conference finals. They watched Dirk Nowitzki put on an unbelievable show in Game 1, one they hope he can't recreate tonight. Game 2 down in Dallas is just one of the Games We're Watching tonight.

NBA: Nowitzki was unstoppable in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, connecting on 12-of-15 field goals and hitting all 24 of his free throws en route to 48 points. The Thunder will have to find a way to slow down the Mavs' star if they hope to even things up tonight. The good news for Oklahoma City: It kept things close Tuesday despite Nowitzki's huge night and it hasn't lost two games in a row this postseason. Of course, Dallas will enter the game full of confidence as well, as it's won a franchise-record, seven straight playoff games (9 p.m., ESPN).

NHL: The Eastern Conference finals head to Tampa for Game 3 tonight, with the Lightning and the Bruins knotted at a game apiece. In the first two games, the teams combined for 18 goals, three of them scored by Boston rookie Tyler Seguin, who didn't even play in the Bruins' first two playoff series. The Lightning had reeled off eight straight postseason wins before falling to Boston on Tuesday night, a return to their home ice might help them get back to their winning ways (8 p.m., Versus).

MLB: The AL East-leading Rays look to win their 12th road game in 13 tries when they take on Toronto tonight. The Blue Jays' six-game win streak was snapped with last night's loss to Tampa Bay, their sixth loss in their last nine home games. Ricky Romero will try to get them back on track at home when he makes the start opposite Wade Davis (7:07 p.m.). ... The Red Sox look for a season-high, sixth straight win tonight when they welcome the Tigers to Fenway Park. Josh Beckett gets the nod for the Sox; he hasn't lost a start since his season debut on April 5 and hasn't allowed a run in his last three outings (7:10 p.m.). ... Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens hasn't lost this season; tonight he'll try to improve to 6-0 with a win over the Diamondbacks. Last night the series opener between the two teams went to 11 innings, with Atlanta grabbing the 5-4 victory (9:40 p.m.).